Presented by Marta McDowell

A look at the life and legacy of the individual who coined the term “landscape architect.” While most famous for his public parks, Olmsted’s commissions included the Biltmore Estate, the World’s Columbian Exposition, and campuses ranging from Stanford to Amherst. For a century, Olmsted and his sons dominated the profession and left a lasting mark on the landscape and psyche of America.

Ms. McDowell’s presentation will be followed by a tour of the Olmsted Brothers designed gardens at Riverbend in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Her latest book is Unearthing The Secret Garden, about the inspiration for the classic children’s book. Timber Press also published Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents’ Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its seventh printing. Marta’s new book about garden themes in murder mysteries, is due out from Timber Press in 2024. She was the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.